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Sennheiser HD 518 vs 558 on a Intel 7 Series/C210 Series HD Audio Controller

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Hi,

 

The headphones I use just crapped out on me and I am in need of a replacement stat, so I'm hoping I can get enough replies within the next few hours to make a decision. First of all, I'm not exactly a audiophile - I have always used a stock soundcard and I never use FLACs (I recently switched to AACs which I understand to be superior to MP3s) - although to be honest I've never really tried because I have never had a player that could play them natively. Anyway, I'm wondering whether I should even bother with the 558s with the soundcard I have. I've read some reviews that say the 518s are marginally less comfortable and are slightly more bass-heavy but overall are not extremely distinguishable from the 558s (I'm not saying there is no difference in quality - obviously,) but it is entirely irrelevant if I can't take advantage of the 558s with my soundcard (in the title.) My mobo is a Gigabyte H77-DS3H and I think I have a 750w psu if that's relevant. The price is not a huge consideration - obviously I would like to spend as little as possible but I am willing to spend a little more to get higher quality headphones that last longer. But by the same token I'm not interested in throwing money at an extravagance if the benefits are only marginal.

 

Thanks in advance.


Edited by MasterBuilder - 7/4/14 at 8:43am
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i cant speak for the hd518 because i have not tried it however i love my hd558 even straght out of my ipod. especialy with the foam mod.

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